Tag Archives: Asperger’s

Autism Treatment in South Florida

December 24th, 2012

Autism Treatment South Florida Psychological health problems are far more common in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) than previously realized.  Failure to recognize and address them in a timely and effective way is associated with poorer treatment outcomes. The diagnosis and treatment of Autism in South Florida, as anywhere else, is complicated by factors including: Difficulty disentangling co-occurring psychological conditions from developmentally based communication, sensory-motor functioning, behavior, socialization, and learning problems. The inherent problems that those with Autism Spectrum Disorders have in expressing, or even recognizing, when they are experiencing psychological health issues. Identifying and accessing effective programs or practitioners. Some… READ MORE ›

Social Skills: For Both High and Low Achievers, Quirkiness Matters

October 12th, 2012

The impact of social idiosyncrasies on a student’s potential is complicated. While no one has a crystal ball to predict how “quirkiness” will ultimately affect life success, here are some thoughts on the subject: Some “A” students are as socially awkward as they are gifted. Unfortunately, high grades alone tend to matter a lot less in the long run than might be hoped. To the contrary, social smarts are a far better predictor of life outcomes than book smarts, but people tend to overlook their importance, as such skills aren’t exactly reflected on a standard report card. As a result,… READ MORE ›

Asperger’s Syndrome/ASDs and OCD

June 15th, 2012

  Obsessive-Compulsive Behaviors (OCBs) are typically associated with Asperger’s syndrome (AS) and are often a major obstacle to making improvements.  Whether or not AS will be folded into a new Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) category in the upcoming version of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, DSM-5, the importance of early identification and finding effective ways to address OCBs in this population will remain undiminished. Because they inter-mingle and cross boundary markers with rigidities, perfectionisms, perseverations, stereotyped behaviors, habits, impulsivities, and some kinds of tics, arriving at an exact definition of OCBs can challenge even experts in the… READ MORE ›